WARSOP OLD HALL NEEDS US

A recent update on Warsop Old Hall’s Facebook page provides a little insight into the local archaeological project happening right here in the Mansfield District and further coverage in Warsop Parish News shares more on its past and future plans… I wanted to tap into the present and have a little chat with Maddy Pritchard from Vibrant Warsop and local archaeology student James Edwin Smalley, to know more about the project from their perspective and what they are hoping to give back to Warsop, with this project.

Maddy of Vibrant Warsop gave me a rundown of the project so far, an effective whistlestop tour which I have summed up into bullet points below:

  • The hope is to give the building at least another 100 years
  • Warsop Parochial Church Council (WPCC) took it on in 1970s when it was derelict, and the Eastwood foundation and other local businesses and volunteers helped rescue it. WPCC became the custodians.
  • Since the 1970s, the Old Hall has had lots of activities at the centre… It was a youth club and community centre for local events, and is currently used by local groups and hired for weddings and parties.
  • The WPCC volunteers have been custodians of this building for almost 50 years now and always welcome new volunteers to support.
  • WPCC is looking for funding
  • Church Warden Keith Clayton, came to Big Warsop (to ask for funding for Dendrochronology to properly date the building – it’s a grade 2* listed star building) as if more could be found out about its age, this might lead to more funding and support.
  • A meet-up was arranged at the Parish Centre and after a tour of the site it was decided to apply to the National Lottery Heritiage Fund to follow up actions proposed by a Historic England’s report from 2006.

 

 

Maddy hopes more coverage on the project will help raise awareness of this building and its significance, as it is one of the best kept of its type in all of Nottinghamshire. There is hope that younger people will come forward, and treasure it for the next generation and carry the torch. Maddy urges everyone to be proactive if they can, as it would be a shame to lose significant buildings such as this as they are an asset to our area.

 

You have to be proactive about these treasures before it’s too late.” – Maddy

 

James echoes Maddy’s praises of the project, as he spoke fondly about being involved in a project which focused on his area of study right in Warsop. It is interesting to note that James found out about the project, he found out through archaeologist friends, as he is an archaeology student and not through local promotion of the project. The young man explained how “there is so much local history, that people don’t always realise or pay attention to…” As he talked me through the plan of the Old Hall and how it was in many ways like a jigsaw puzzle had been put together, with random pieces from multiple eras fitted in but somehow it works. James also explained how cool it is to be working on a project so close to home.

 

“Archaeology makes me feel safe and it is so good to be able to do that at home, here.” – James

 


James also explained how four pieces of Anglosaxon pottery had been found in North Nottinghamshire, with two pieces in Warsop and two pieces in Cuckney, which is unusual for this type of pottery and the area. It is clear that there is culture and history here, that needs to be explored and examined.

 

To conclude, we had a little chat about potential plans for the building, and both Maddy and James had different ideas about its long-term use but there was a common theme in a desire to keep the building alive for generations to come. James envisioned a luxurious bed and breakfast, with a lovely Church view, whereas Maddy wants to wait to see what the archaeology discovers before committing her thoughts.

What do you see for the future of Warsop Old Hall?

   

The archaeological project will return on Monday 26th July for a week of surveying with ground-penetrating radar plus topographical recording of the interior of the Old Hall. 

If you would like to be involved and are interested in the project, email warsopoldhall@vibrantwarsop.org for further information and details.

WARSOP OLD HALL NEEDS US

Author: Phoebe Cox

Date Published: 19 Jun 2021

A recent update on Warsop Old Hall’s Facebook page provides a little insight into the local archaeological project happening right here in the Mansfield District and further coverage in Warsop Parish News shares more on its past and future plans… I wanted to tap into the present and have a little chat with Maddy Pritchard from Vibrant Warsop and local archaeology student James Edwin Smalley, to know more about the project from their perspective and what they are hoping to give back to Warsop, with this project.

Maddy of Vibrant Warsop gave me a rundown of the project so far, an effective whistlestop tour which I have summed up into bullet points below:

  • The hope is to give the building at least another 100 years
  • Warsop Parochial Church Council (WPCC) took it on in 1970s when it was derelict, and the Eastwood foundation and other local businesses and volunteers helped rescue it. WPCC became the custodians.
  • Since the 1970s, the Old Hall has had lots of activities at the centre… It was a youth club and community centre for local events, and is currently used by local groups and hired for weddings and parties.
  • The WPCC volunteers have been custodians of this building for almost 50 years now and always welcome new volunteers to support.
  • WPCC is looking for funding
  • Church Warden Keith Clayton, came to Big Warsop (to ask for funding for Dendrochronology to properly date the building – it’s a grade 2* listed star building) as if more could be found out about its age, this might lead to more funding and support.
  • A meet-up was arranged at the Parish Centre and after a tour of the site it was decided to apply to the National Lottery Heritiage Fund to follow up actions proposed by a Historic England’s report from 2006.

 

 

Maddy hopes more coverage on the project will help raise awareness of this building and its significance, as it is one of the best kept of its type in all of Nottinghamshire. There is hope that younger people will come forward, and treasure it for the next generation and carry the torch. Maddy urges everyone to be proactive if they can, as it would be a shame to lose significant buildings such as this as they are an asset to our area.

 

You have to be proactive about these treasures before it’s too late.” – Maddy

 

James echoes Maddy’s praises of the project, as he spoke fondly about being involved in a project which focused on his area of study right in Warsop. It is interesting to note that James found out about the project, he found out through archaeologist friends, as he is an archaeology student and not through local promotion of the project. The young man explained how “there is so much local history, that people don’t always realise or pay attention to…” As he talked me through the plan of the Old Hall and how it was in many ways like a jigsaw puzzle had been put together, with random pieces from multiple eras fitted in but somehow it works. James also explained how cool it is to be working on a project so close to home.

 

“Archaeology makes me feel safe and it is so good to be able to do that at home, here.” – James

 


James also explained how four pieces of Anglosaxon pottery had been found in North Nottinghamshire, with two pieces in Warsop and two pieces in Cuckney, which is unusual for this type of pottery and the area. It is clear that there is culture and history here, that needs to be explored and examined.

 

To conclude, we had a little chat about potential plans for the building, and both Maddy and James had different ideas about its long-term use but there was a common theme in a desire to keep the building alive for generations to come. James envisioned a luxurious bed and breakfast, with a lovely Church view, whereas Maddy wants to wait to see what the archaeology discovers before committing her thoughts.

What do you see for the future of Warsop Old Hall?

   

The archaeological project will return on Monday 26th July for a week of surveying with ground-penetrating radar plus topographical recording of the interior of the Old Hall. 

If you would like to be involved and are interested in the project, email warsopoldhall@vibrantwarsop.org for further information and details.

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